15 years!

Well, sort of, by one way of counting.

On July 1, 1997, I launched the stand-alone version of this site, which had previously been part of my personal homepage for a couple of years. As more and more people were contacting me about that part of my homepage, it became obvious that it was time to split it off into its own site. I moved everything to tudor.simplenet.com and re-routed all the traffic from the cumbersome address I had on the webserver at work (which was actually running on the desktop machine I was working on!). Three years later I bought tudorhistory.org and moved everything again, and that is where it has been ever since.

For grins, here is a screen cap of the site as it looked before I moved it off the old server:

(I’m still not sure why the first version of the vine had all-red flowers and not a proper red-and-white Tudor rose! Later I changed it from this four-petal version you see here to a better five-petal one.)

And here’s a link to the archive post on the blog from the move: Archive post: What’s New July 1997.

(This is one of the posts that I migrated over from the “What’s New?” and “Tudor News and Events” pages I used to run before I moved it over to a real blogging platform in March 2005.)

And while I’m at it, here’s a short update of what I’m working on at the moment: Some of you might have noticed that some of the pages have been (slowly) switching over to a slightly different design. I needed to update some of the search box code, so I took it as an opportunity to tweak a few things. I’m still slogging through the Glossaries and Who’s Who sections (which have the most pages to update) but I should have it finished by the end of the summer. Once that is done I’ll get back to working on adding more real content! I have a lot of research on title holders (church, nobility and government) and I’ve been compiling a portrait database for ages and am working on a good way to get that info on to the site. I’m also working on getting more illustrations and entries into the glossaries section. And of course, for everything I update I think of about 10 other things I want to do! As anyone who has developed and run a website knows, it is never truly “complete”.

Thanks for indulging me in this little trip down memory lane. 🙂


  1. Happy anniversary!

  2. Thank you, and happy anniversary!!!

  3. Thanks y’all!!

  4. Congrats on 15 years! Wow, it doesn’t feel like it’s been 8 years since I found your podcast, and thus you site!

  5. Wow! What an amazement achievement Laura! And I was getting all excited over three years… When I first became interested in Tudor history, I googled it and found your wonderful site. Thank you for all the hard work and for always being so supportive to us ‘newbies’. Oh, and I completely agree with you, the site is never complete!

  6. Thanks Natalie and Sarah!

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